French Elite League Finals Game 3, in Savigny:
(1-2) Savigny Lions – Rouen Huskies 4-2
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The SAVIGNY LIONS have avoided a sweep in the French Elite League Finals against the ROUEN HUSKIES with a 4-2 victory on Saturday afternoon, reducing the deficit in the best-of-five series to 1-2. Game four and eventual a decisive game five will be played on Sunday in Savigny.
Similar to the first two games of the championship series, the LIONS once again scored first. Steven Huff singled home Florian Peyrichou, who had reached with a one-out double. But like one week ago, ROUEN came back. Dany Scalabrini led off the fourth with a single through the middle and Kenji Hagiwara followed with a shot over the fence in left field for a two-run homerun and the 2-1 lead.
SAVIGNY remained calm and countered right away. Sebastien Boyer opened the bottom of the fourth with a groundball to first and advanced all the way to second on a throwing error by first baseman Nicolas Dubaut. During the play HUSKIES’ starter Robin Roy suffered a leg injury and had to be replaced by Mathieu Crescent, who had problems to find his rhythm. He walked three of the next four batters and forced in the tying run by conceding a bases-loaded walk to Pierrick Lemestre.
After two scoreless innings, SAVIGNY regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh when Florian Peyrichou scored the go-ahead run on a double play groundball by Jerome Rousseau. Vincent Ferreira extended the lead to two runs in the eighth, scoring on a sac bunt by Romain Martinez Scott.
Pierrick Lemestre (W 1-0) went the distance, allowing just two runs on five hits and two walks over the course of the nine innings. He threw 125 pitches and struck out four for the win. Steven Huff led the offense of SAVIGNY with three hits and a RBI, while Florian Peyrichou scored twice.
Robin Roy (ROU) issued five hits, two runs (1 ER) and no walks in three-plus innings. He struck out four. Mathieu Crescent (L 0-1) surrendered just one hit, two runs (1 ER) and six bb in five innings of relief.
Game four on Sunday will probably feature Tim Stewart (SAV) and Keino Perez (ROU) as starting pitchers. Check Rouenbaseball76.com for live play by play.